4-axis motion controller for highly dynamic applications
The CM-CPB3-44 EtherCAT controller from Nanotec controls four brushless DC or stepper motors with a rated power of up to 150 W per axis. Feedback on the motor position is provided by Hall sensors or incremental or SSI encoders. Each axis is equipped with four digital inputs, two outputs, one analog input, and one output for a safety brake. Field-oriented torque, speed, and position control, combined with other features such as acceleration feed forward and jerk-limited ramps, ensure optimum dynamic performance and cycle time.
Robot-ready frameless servo motors
The new TBM2G series of frameless servo motors from Kollmorgen introduce new features that simplify the design of collaborative, surgical, aerospace and defense, and other robots while delivering high-performance torque in a lighter, more compact package. These next-gen motors enable robots with lower joint weight, higher load-carrying capacity, improved energy efficiency, lower thermal rise, and faster, smoother movements. Sized for a perfect fit with readily available strain wave systems.
Mini motors and drive systems on-demand webinars: Chock full of informative details!
Faulhaber has made available a library of on-demand webinars about its miniature motors and drive systems. Each presentation is full of product details, technology overviews, selection help, design tips and tricks, and application examples. Topics include: stepper motors, brushless motors, DC motors, linear motors, encoders, gearheads, motion controllers, and more. Filled with useful information!
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High-speed linear VCA with built-in encoder
Moticont has added a high-speed, high-acceleration/-deceleration, non-cogging, high-resolution, high force-to-size electric cylinder to its extensive product line of linear voice coil actuators (VCAs). The new SDLM-051-095-01-01 Linear DC Actuator features high repeatability, 1.25-micron resolution, and a continuous force of 33.9 N (7.6 lb). A linear encoder mounted internally provides the feedback for very high accuracy and repeatability.
Guide to machine shop automation
We know that collaborative automation starts with your specific needs: your shop, your employees, your products. OnRobot can help you find the easiest and most cost-effective way to get started with automation. Download our free ebook to learn how to transform your machine shop with automation.
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Mini medical motor with way more torque
Portescap's 22ECP35-2A brushless motor with integrated driver is the company's latest addition to its Ultra EC mini brushless DC motor line. This compact, 22-mm diameter motor is available in a length of 35 mm and offers almost 50% more continuous torque over similar motors without compromising on smooth operation and long life. The integrated motor drive is a good fit for applications such as respiratory and ventilation devices, infusion pumps, miniature industrial pumps, medical hand tools, and valve actuation.
Miniature linear guides simplify mounting in tight spaces
IKO's new LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact, lightweight design that makes mounting easy in tight spaces. With an ultra-small 2.5-mm height dimension, it is designed with tapped rails for bottom mounting and stability. The LWLF2 guide is structured with two rows of balls that make contact with the raceway at four points to provide high stability and accuracy -- even in applications with varying load direction or complexity. Applications include robotics and grippers, semiconductor fabrication, life science, and aerospace.
Motors for the robotics industry
Lin Engineering has been supporting the robotics industry for more than 30 years by designing and manufacturing a wide variety of motion control products that include hybrid step motors, PM steppers, linear actuators, BLDC motors, servo motors, frameless BLDC motors, and slotless BLDC motors. Applications include manufacturing robots, delta robots, collaborative robots, and more.
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NEMA 24 stepper motor with best-in-class power density
Permanent magnets between the stator teeth make Nanotec's SCB6018 with 60-mm flange a smooth-running -- yet powerful -- stepper. FluxFocus technology guides the entire magnetic flux into the stator teeth. This prevents flux leakage and provides more torque across all speeds. This motor generates a holding torque up to 3.6 Nm. Combined with a closed-loop controller, the SCB6018 is ideal for use in valves and textile or other applications that require rapid acceleration over a short distance.
In-wheel motor unit upgraded to carry 500 lb
If you are a developer of mobile robots and the like, it may be worth your while to check out ElectroCraft. The motor and motion solutions provider has expanded its award-winning MobilePower wheel drive family with the MPW86, which features a high-torque-density brushless DC motor with a heavy-duty integrated planetary gearbox mounted inside the hub of a lightweight aluminum wheel with custom tread. The MPW Wheel Drive combines optimum performance with high efficiency, quiet operation, and long life -- and now it can handle heavier loads.
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SMART SYSTEM belt-driven linear actuators
Rollon has updated its SMART SYSTEM lineup of belt-driven linear actuators with a rugged new design that supports heavy loads and ensures low-maintenance operation in automated manufacturing, packaging
machines, and food and beverage equipment. The actuators have a self-sustaining anodized aluminum frame and a steel-reinforced driving belt, and they are engineered to provide stiffness for greater load capacity. Symmetrical heads on both ends of the actuators allow users to assemble the gearbox in one of four different positions. The SMART SYSTEM also simplifies creating multi-axis systems.
New Twin profile Rail Stage actuator improves accuracy in XYZ motion systems
The new Twin profile Rail Stage (TRS) actuator from Tolomatic improves accuracy and increases production uptime on XYZ linear motion systems with two- or three-axis configurations. Applications include machining centers, collaborative robot movement, drilling, cutting, pick-and-place, material handling, and more.
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How to specify pneumatic cylinders
As the number of standard options available on the pneumatic-cylinder market grows, you may feel spoiled for choice due to the array of products that may fit within your specs. But how often is "good enough" actually good enough? How do you specify a pneumatic cylinder without resorting to a custom option? Learn this and more in Fabco-Air's new informative white paper (PDF).
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KUKA cobot: How to build a collaborative robotic cell
LBR iiwa is KUKA's robot for collaborative applications where people and robots share spaces. See how easy it is to use hands-on training to teach this lightweight little 7-axis robo worker, which features redundant torque sensors in each joint, to carry out assigned tasks safely and effectively.
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Bearing protection standard on Food Safe motors
AEGIS Shaft Grounding Rings, which mitigate the effects of bearing currents caused by variable frequency drives, have been made standard equipment on the Baldor-Reliance Food Safe line of motors. The addition of the internal shaft grounding ring provides increased motor reliability and stops early bearing failure from EDM. The Baldor Food Safe line consists of 25 models with horsepower ratings from 1/2 to 30 hp. They are ideal for food processing, high-pressure washdown, sanitary washdown, and outdoor or caustic environment applications. AEGIS Shaft Grounding Rings are also a retrofit option.
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Hyundai really going to try to build giant robot 4x4s with legs -- in Montana
Hyundai's Elevate concept was first revealed in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019. It's a giant robotic 4x4 complete with walking legs and wheeled feet.
Like something out of a Star Wars movie, Hyundai is aiming to build giant 4x4 robotic vehicles -- in Montana.
Hyundai New Horizons Studio (NHS), a unit focused on the development of Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), will open a new Research, Development, and Lab Center in Bozeman, located inside Montana State University's (MSU) Innovation Campus. NHS Bozeman is a new, $20 million project that will support prototyping, field testing, and application development for UMVs.
One of the main missions for the studio is to build vehicles "for future customers who want or need to travel over terrains which are challenging for conventional ground vehicles." The Bozeman team will initially focus on refining the development, testing, and deployment of two UMV models: an uncrewed transforming intelligent ground excursion robot designed to carry various types of payloads while traveling over treacherous terrain, and a larger, two-person vehicle with robotic legs based on Hyundai's Elevate concept. The Elevate concept was designed to address challenging driving situations and potentially save lives as a first responder in natural disasters.
The Hyundai Elevate walking car concept could be used as a first responder during natural disasters.
The New Horizons Studio plans to add more than 50 full-time jobs at the location over the next five years. Many of the positions will be in the research and development space and will target expertise in mechanical hardware, electrical and electronics engineering, and materials and manufacturing. The estimated 12,000- to 15,000-sq-ft facility will be part of MSU's 42-acre Innovation Campus development, which is home to many technology and bio-tech businesses.
The Industry Building that will house NHS Bozeman will break ground starting in June 2022, while the first R&D office officially opens in June 2022.
The Hyundai New Horizons Studio has its headquarters in Fremont, CA, and a secondary office in Boston. It will be neat to see what really develops from all the group efforts.
Published May 2022
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